It’s been a crazy year in so many ways, but at least the UEFA Champions League will determine a winner. After putting the competition on hold for nearly five months, the tournament resumed last weekend and the quarterfinals have been set. The eight teams will head to Portugal with dreams of Champions League glory in their heads, but only one can lift the trophy at the end. The odds of a first-time winner are high as six of the eight teams that have qualified for the quarterfinals have yet to win the Champions League.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Paris Saint-Germain PK and -0.5 vs. Atalanta, O/U 3
Kylian Mbappe is hoping to be healthy for this match. The superstar striker injured his ankle in the French Cup last month, but he was practicing with PSG over the weekend and was named part of the traveling roster. Mbappe is arguably the most dangerous player on a PSG team loaded with offensive weapons. If he can’t play, the French giants still have Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani, and Mauro Icardi, so they have the tools to score a few goals against an Atalanta team that might dare to run with them.
It’s not in Atalanta’s nature to play defensive, behind-the-ball soccer. This club has thrived with its offense-first philosophy, and that led to Atalanta scoring 98 goals in Serie A this year. They scored more goals than any other team in the Round of 16 by bagging four goals in each leg against Valencia, and Josep Ilicic was superb with five goals in both matches. Ilicic, Duvan Zapata, and Luis Muriel made for an outstanding troika in Italy this season with all three players netting at least 15 goals in domestic play.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Atletico Madrid PK -134 vs. Red Bull Leipzig, O/U 2 and 2.5
Defense will be the name of the game in what is likely to be the most low-scoring match of the quarterfinals. Atletico Madrid have relied extensively on their defense throughout Diego Simeone’s tenure. That mentality has led to Atletico consistently being one of the top teams in Spain, and Jan Oblak might be the best goalkeeper in the world. However, they don’t have a force of nature up top anymore as Alvaro Morata is no Antoine Griezmann.
Red Bull Leipzig have the same issue with Timo Werner departed for Chelsea. Werner was the goal scoring powerhouse they needed to challenge the best teams in Germany, as he netted 28 goals and eight assists in Bundesliga play this season. Patrik Schick and Marcel Sabitzer will need to take their game to another level for Leipzig to get the victory here.
Friday, August 14, 2020
FC Bayern Munich -0.5 +104 vs. FC Barcelona, O/U 3
These are the only two teams still alive in the Champions League that have won this competition in the past. Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each claimed Champions League glory five times, making them two of the five most successful clubs in the history of this event.
Bayern Munich have looked much better than Barcelona this year. The German juggernauts have won eight straight Bundesliga titles, and they grabbed their fifth domestic double of the last decade earlier this summer. They smashed Chelsea in the Round of 16 and were flawless in the Group Stage with a 6-0-0 record and a +19 goal differential.
Barcelona looked much more vulnerable. The Blaugrana did survive a tough group in the Group Stage, but they have looked shaky over the last two months. They have had difficulty scoring goals given their offensive weapons, so they are moderate underdogs here.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Manchester City FC -1.5 vs. Olympique Lyonnais, O/U 3
The Citizens are massive favorites over upstarts Lyon in the last quarterfinal. Manchester City are looking to take the monkey off their back and find Champions League success, and they are in good position after dispatching of Real Madrid in the Round of 16. They have been the favorites to win the Champions League at the start of the competition for each of the last three years, so City are hoping the third time is the charm.
Lyon pulled off one stunner when they sent Real Madrid crashing out of this competition. Memphis Depay was spectacular in the second leg, but it will be difficult for the French side to sneak up on City. Pep Guardiola is battle-tested, and they will have plenty of time to prepare for this game.
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